***B2G will have their first football training session of the year this weekend. On Saturday at Jackie Robinson Park and on Sunday at Cerritos College. Youth at 1:30, high school at 3:30. Check out b2gsports.com for more information.
A B2G high school athlete trains on Saturday evening at Jackie Robinson Park. Photo by Jason Lewis
By Jason Lewis
Over the past 12 years, B2G Sports has trained some of the best football players from the Los Angeles area. Their alumni list is like the who’s who in high school football.
A partial list includes Terrance Whitehead (Crenshaw HS, Oregon, Cincinnati Bengals), Matt Ware (Loyola HS, UCLA, Arizona Cardinals), Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach Poly HS, UCLA, Jacksonville Jaguars), Darnell Bing (Long Beach Poly, USC, NY Jets), Daymeion Hughes (Crenshaw HS, Cal, Indianapolis Colts), Mark Bradford (Fremont HS, Stanford, SF 49ers), Milvon James (Fremont, UNLV, Cleveland Browns), Steve Smith (Taft HS, USC, NY Giants), Jerome Boyd (Dorsey HS, Oregon, Oakland Raiders), Solomon Elimimian (Crenshaw HS, Hawaii, Buffalo Bills), Reggie Carter (Crenshaw HS, UCLA, Seattle Seahawks), CJ Gable (Sylmar, USC), Akeem Ayers (Verbum Dei, UCLA), Mark Tyler (Oaks Christian, USC), Raymond Carter (Crenshaw HS, UCLA), Johnathan Franklin (Dorsey HS, UCLA), Rahim Moore (Dorsey HS, UCLA), Milton Knox (Birmingham, UCLA), Clint Floyd (Crenshaw HS, Arizona State), Kemonte Bateman (Crenshaw HS, Arizona State), James Boyd (Jordan HS, USC), Shaquelle Evans (Inglewood HS, Notre Dame), and Hayes Pullard (Crenshaw HS, USC).
Those are some big name players who tore up high school football fields on Friday nights before going on to big time universities and some to the NFL.
Over 70% of athletes that have attended the B2G Elite Camp received a Division I-A college football scholarship. The Nike Camp advertised only 30%. 13% of B2G participants have been drafted into the NFL. Over 200 of their alumni are current on BCS university rosters, many of them in the PAC 10.
B2G has figured out a winning formula, and players from our community are benefiting from their training.
Henry Bell and Ron Allen co-founded B2G because they felt that there was not specialized training for football like there is for basketball. Hill played football at Purdue and Allen at UCLA. They both understand the limitations that high school coaching staffs have due to limited practice time and budget cuts.
“The high school coaches are not able to give these kids the time that we’re able to spend with them to focus on skill training,” Bell said. “It’s really more of a supplement to what the high school coaches are doing. They’re doing X’s and O’s, and the athletes come to us to get tutored on football training.”
Allen feels that their training helps the athlete as an individual so that he can be the best player within his high school’s system.
“We teach them how to be better individual players so that they can go execute the schemes for their high school team,” Allen said. “A lot of coaches do not have the time to teach every individual player and teach them their position. They’re more so teaching the whole scheme. They teach the defense as a whole, they teach the offense as a whole. They teach the concepts of the play that they’re calling. We teach the kids to be better individuals so they can execute their role within that playbook. That way the kids go back as better players in their system.”
B2G’s Instinct Training, which is being held on Saturdays at Jackie Robinson Park, is different from combines that a lot of high school football players attend.
“A lot of the combines and camps are focused on time testing,” Allen said. “They test you on the 40 yard dash, and a lot of the training is geared towards that. That is straight ahead speed. The combine is somewhat of a false sense of security for some kids who might do well at a combine, but it is not real football. They’re not changing direction, they’re not having to go up against an opponent who might give them a different look. So we teach them skills that they’re going to use on game day. We use competition to teach skills that they are going to use.”
B2G athletes are excelling at a high level on the high school football field, as is evident by looking at their alumni list.
“The majority of the guys that make the commitment, they always excel on the field, and it always shows up on game film,” Bell said.
B2G has taken very good players and made them great, and they have taken project type players and made them into college prospects.
Palisades high school’s Malcolm Creer is a perfect example of that. As a junior he rushed for about 600 yards, but with a year of training from B2G, he rushed for over 1,600 yards during his senior season, and he is taking college recruiting trips to Washington and Nebraska.
So far this year 36 B2G athletes have football scholarships, and that number will go up. Last year they had 46 of their athletes receive scholarships.
B2G works with media partners, such as Rivals and Scout, and they supply major universities scouting reports on their players.
B2G trains all positions from quarterback to linemen, except for kicker and punter, and they train athletes from ages 10-18.
For more information visit their website at www.B2Gsports.com.
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